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April Is Earth Month (PLV)

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April is Earth Month and the Westchester Campus is keeping students busy with programming and events to celebrate Mother Nature and planet Earth.

The below events were held in 2015.

It’s that time of year again! The flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer, right in time for Earth Month. This April, Pace is giving students a reason to give a hoot about owls, telling them to take a hike in the great outdoors, and more—all for Mother Nature.

Here are some of the upcoming events happening during Earth Month:

Bottled Water Taste Test
Tuesday, April 7 | 10:30 a.m. | Kessel Student Center, Well
Is your bottled water better than tap water? Observe as a taste test panel evaluates different bottle water samples. You may be surprised at what you find out!

Birds of Prey
Tuesday, April 7 | 11:00 a.m. | Environmental Center
Join James Eyring, assistant director of the Environmental Center for an unforgettable evening with the hawks, owls, and falcons. Learn about the role these predators serve in a healthy, natural community, and the Environmental Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight! For more information, contact James Eyring at (914) 773-3169.

Silence of the Bees
Wednesday, April 8 | 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Environmental Center, Classroom
Come and enjoy a film about bees and also learn about the unfortunate colony collapse disorder taking place in many places today. Please contact for more information.

CCAR Earth Day Common Hour Convo 
Wednesday, April 8 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. | Kessel Student Center, Multipurpose Room
Join the Center for Community Action and Research as they host a discussion with Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs and former Hudson Riverkeeper John Cronin. Lunch will be served. 

Think Globally, Act Locally
Thursday, April 9 | 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Environmental Center, Classroom
Join Pace Professor for the Environment Nicholas A. Robinson for a discussion about the importance of making good, “green” environmental lifestyle choices on the local scale, as these are the choices that will have a positive impact on the global scale. Professor Robinson has developed environmental law since 1969, when he was named to the Legal Advisory Committee of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality.

Fit Walk
Tuesday, April 14 | 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Environmental Center, Classroom
Get outside and get some exercise while enjoying the natural beauty on campus. Assistant Director of the Environmental Center James Eyring will lead a hike through the fitness trail. The trail consists of several hills and is surrounded by many varieties of plants and wildlife. Appropriate clothing would be hiking boots or sneakers, long pants, and layers according to weather/temperature. Sunscreen and drinking water are also suggested. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk.

Recycle and Reuse Office Supplies
Tuesdays through Thursdays, April 14–April 23 | 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Environmental Center, Classroom
Students from Professor Angelo Spillo’s ENV 140 class, Act Locally: Environmental Issues and You, are collecting unused or unwanted office supplies around campus and providing a collection center for these materials. This collection site will be available for supply drop off and will also provide Pace staff and students with the opportunity to pick up supplies they may find a use for.

Environmental Career Panel
Wednesday, April 15 | 12:15 p.m–1:15 p.m. | Environmental Center, Classroom
See a career in sustainability in your future? Learn about the various environmental career paths that exist and how you can pursue them. 

Dog Day Afternoon
Wednesday, April 15 | 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. | Environmental Center
Meet Pace’s Border Collies, Emma and Dot, and learn how they keep our campus beautiful. Whether it’s herding the sheep or chasing geese, James Eyring will show the many ways these trained dogs work to keep order on our campus! Event will take place on the Environmental Center’s green animal pasture behind the barn.

Evergreen Poems
Thursday, April 16 | 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Westchester Campus
Earth Day became "official" in 1970. But, in truth, Earth Day has been celebrated by poets from ancient China to Elizabethan and 19th century England to modern America—in the lyrics and narratives of Li-Po and Shakespeare; Anne Bradstreet and Emily Dickinson; Frost and Millay. Poetry has been ‘evergreen’ long before the world talked of ‘being green.’ Pace celebrates our good, green Earth with good, green poems…grown from seeds to remembered flowerings. Poet Ira Joe Fisher, author of Songs from an Earlier Century, Some Holy Weight in the Village Air, and Remembering Rew, will share his own poems and those of others as Pace turns green with hope as part of our 12th “Earth Month” celebration.

Tree Huggers Welcomed
Saturday, April 18 | 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. | Meet at North Hall bus stop
Join Pace organizations to plant trees with the Westchester Land Trust. Transportation will be provided. 

Burning: Earth Day Celebration
Wednesday, April 22 | 12:10 p.m.–1:30 p.m. | Kessel Student Center, Butcher Suite
A highly kinetic, semi-comic romp through the absurd landscapes of climate change where comedy, tragedy, activism, and cautious optimism collide. Using movement, song, monologue, and otherworldly images, the piece pings between Hurricane Sandy, our obsession with apocalyptic movies, NPR's narcoleptic effect, and the million trivial tasks that preoccupy us while Rome burns. Written and performed by Heather Harpham

Birds of Prey
Wednesday, April 22 | 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. | Environmental Center
Join James Eyring, assistant director of the Environmental Center, for an unforgettable evening with the hawks, owls, and falcons. Learn about the role these predators serve in a healthy, natural community, and the Environmental Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight! For more information, contact James Eyring at (914) 773-3169.

Burning: An Environmental Conversation
Thursday, April 23 | 10:25 a.m.–11:25 a.m. | Environmental Center, Classroom
Angelo Spillo, director of Pace University’s Environmental Center will moderate a panel featuring Brenda Iijima; Melanie DuPuis, PhD; and Andrew Revkin.

Global Climate Security
Thursday, April 23 | 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Environmental Center, Classroom
Join Professor Luis Rios in a discussion about environmental security.

Mock Legislative Hearing: New York's Reforming the Energy Vision
Friday, April 24 | 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | Pace Law School, Moot Court Room
Pace Academy will host its third annual Mock Legislative Hearing in a special partnership with the Pace Energy and Climate Center. After researching the issue and drafting testimony throughout the semester, students will orally present their positions, competing for awards for best team and oralist. This year, undergraduate students will examine in depth the energy future of New York State, which has implications on climate change, security, and resiliency not only for New Yorkers but the nation, and at every societal level: policy, business, technology, health, education.

Oppenheimer Lecture
Monday, April 27 | 9:30 a.m.–10:35 a.m. | Miller 16
Join climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer, PhD, as he discusses the real threat of climate change.

Breakfast with the Birds
Tuesday, April 28 | 7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. | Environmental Center
Pace University and Rockefeller State Park Preserve would like to invite you to come enjoy Breakfast with the Birds. We will start out at 7:00 a.m. with coffee and bagels before heading out on the carriage roads of the Preserve to see what birds are active in the woodlands, fields, and wetlands. So bring your binoculars and a field guide to birds for a fun morning of birding. The Preserve is located only about three miles from Pace and directions will be provided.

Hiving of the Bees
Wednesday, April 29 | 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. | Environmental Center, Classroom
Join for an introduction of honeybees into our two new hives in PLV. 

Flower Planting
Thursday, April 30 | 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. | Kessel Student Center, Patio
In honor of Earth Month, Golden Key International Honor Society and Lambda Sigma Honor Society will be “using their green thumbs” by planting flowers around the official Golden Key and Lambda Sigma Tree right outside of Kessel Student Center. Co-sponsored with Lambda Sigma Honor Society.


In addition to Earth Month, Pace has a number of sustainability initiatives in progress year-round. To learn more, visit